BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – According to the group Mass Home Care, many elderly people prefer to stay at home instead of living in a long term care facility. And to make this issue known to state lawmakers, hundreds of Massachusetts seniors rallied at the State House on Monday.
They’re urging state lawmakers to increase funding for the home care program which helps low-income families pay for personal care attendants to look after their elderly loved ones. The state may also reimburse a family member who takes care for an elderly person.
Mass Home Care is asking lawmakers for $160 million dollars this upcoming fiscal year so the near-poor can qualify for these services. “Today is a great example of how we protect our seniors,” State Representative Bruce Ayers told 22News. “We have an obligation to help them as much as we can, and we hear it. Seniors want to remain at home, they want to remain independent.”
Mass Home Care said it costs about $3,600 dollars to keep a family member at home.